Buttermilk Pound Cake | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Buttermilk Pound Cake

Buttermilk Pound Cake | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

What do you do when your motivation is subzero? How do you respond when it seems like the world is against you in a thousand tiny ways? How do you survive those days when you ride the bus to work for an hour only to find out there’s no electricity? Then when you finally finish working from your living room floor only to discover the white screen of death on your website. Turns out you can’t post that cake you had to make twice because the first time it came out looking all funky and totally not photo ready. How do you keep from banging your head against the wall?

I usually watch some trashy tv and eat a cheeseburger then go to my bed at 8 pm and ready Harry Potter. It gets me through just about anything.

Buttermilk Pound Cake | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Cake always helps. This buttermilk pound cake is simply beautiful. It stays moist for days, and it’s the perfect canvas for fresh fruit or jam. And don’t forget the whipped cream.

This cake comes together quickly and easily. I do have one tip for avoiding weird bubbles in your finished cake. When you transfer your batter to your bundt pan, use an offset spatula to make sure you fill in any empty space and smooth out the top as best as you can. It’s a thick batter, so it won’t spread and even out on its own. This will make sure your turned out cake isn’t weird. On, and grease and flour your pan really well so you don’t end up with a chunk stuck to the pan like I did.

Buttermilk Pound Cake | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Nobody’s perfect. Cake isn’t perfect, but it’s pretty damn close.

Buttermilk Pound Cake
Serves 12
Buttermilk pound cake the delicious answer to almost all your problems.
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
55 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
55 min
Ingredients
  1. 8 ounces unsalted butter, softened
  2. 2 cups sugar
  3. 3 eggs
  4. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  5. 3 cups all-purpose flour
  6. 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  7. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  8. 1 cup buttermilk
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 325F and grease and flour your bundt pan. Don't miss any curves or ridges.
  2. Add your butter and sugar to a large mixing bowl and beat together with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. This may take up to five minutes. Scrape the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula.
  3. Beat in your eggs one at a time, followed by the vanilla. Beat until well combined. Scrape your bowl again.
  4. Sift together your flour, baking soda and salt onto some parchment paper or into a separate bowl.
  5. With your mixer on low, slowly add in a third of your dry ingredients, then mix in half your buttermilk. Add in another third of your dry ingredients, then the rest of your buttermilk, and finally your remaining dry ingredients. Give your bowl one more scrape and a final quick mix.
  6. Transfer your cake batter to your bundt pan and make sure you level it out before putting it in the oven. Bake for 55 minutes to an hour.
  7. Allow your cake to cool in the pan for about 15 minutes, then hold your breath, have everyone in the house cross their fingers, and turn it out onto a cooling rack to cool completely before serving.
Adapted from I'm Just Here for More Food by Alton Brown
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Mini Cheddar Meatloaves | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Mini Cheddar Meatloaves

Mini Cheddar Meatloaves | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

This past winter was nothing but hygge, hygge, hygge. We were all about comfort, and I was feeling it. Just because spring is here, I’m not about to let go of that feeling of warmth and comfort. I’m burning candles with bright, citrusy scents. I’m keeping my throw blankets handy when the temperature dips in the evening. And I’m making my very favorite comfort foods. Who’s gonna stop me?

Mini Cheddar Meatloaves | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

The meatloaf evangelist is back. I’m not about to apologize because I wish I was eating this meatloaf right now. Each individual portion is studded with shredded cheddar cheese, and that glaze is everything. It’s a little bit sweet and a little bit sour, and I want to swim in it.

This mixture is very wet before going into the oven, so it. stays moist and tender. Serving up individual-sized portions means everyone gets plenty of glaze, plenty of crunch, and plenty of goodness. I’m seriously making myself so hungry right now. Serve this up with ranch mashed potatoes, and everyone will be so happy.

Mini Cheddar Meatloaves | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Mini Cheddar Meatloaves for life. Make it happen.

Mini Cheddar Meatloaves
Serves 4
Mini Cheddar Meatloaves will have you craving classic comfort food.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
45 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
45 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 egg
  2. 3/4 cup milk
  3. 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  4. 1/2 cup quick-cooking oats
  5. 2 green onions, thinly sliced
  6. 1 teaspoon salt
  7. 1 pound ground beef
  8. 2/3 cup ketchup
  9. 1/4 cup brown sugar
  10. 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  11. 2 teaspoons lemon juice
Instructions
  1. Preheat your ven to 350 and spray a rectangular baking dish with non-stick spray.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together your egg and milk, then stir in the cheese, oats, onion, and salt.
  3. Add the beef to the mixing bowl and gently combine with your hands. Form this mixture into four min loaves and place them in your baking dish.
  4. In a small bowl, whisk together the ketchup, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, and lemon juice. Spoon this evenly over each of your meatloaves.
  5. Bake for 45 minutes. Allow to cool for about ten minutes before serving.
Adapted from Circle of Friends Cookbook - 25 Meatloaf Recipes
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Awesome in March

Awesome in March

Awesome in March

Work nonsense aside, March turned out to be pretty damn awesome. We celebrated our sixth wedding anniversary with brunch at The Bungo, and I managed to fit into my wedding dress with no trouble. I was pretty sure that wasn’t going to happen.

We followed up that act with a stroll along the Clyde Walkway and a visit to Bothwell Castle. It’s as close as I’ll ever get to hopping in that time machine.

I made doughnuts, celebrated what would have been my mom’s 56th birthday, and cuddled a cat, but all this was a just a prelude to the real excitement.

Emily was here for a week this month. We went to London and visited the Marx Memorial Library and checked out the dinosaurs and more at The Natural History Museum. But right smack in the middle of all that was a visit to the Harry Potter Studio Tour. It was so amazing, I could barely contain my excitement. I’m sure I was much more giddy than any of the kids who were visiting that day. It was worth every penny we spent, even if we were there two weeks before they opened the Forbidden Forest exhibit.

The internet was so so tasty this month. This Layered Irish Cream Pretzel Pie is dreamy. 

I’ll have the Crispy Baked Basil Chicken Cordon Bleu with a side of roasted garlic mashed potatoes, please. 

Why yes, I would like some Homemade Frosted Brown Sugar Cinnamon Pop Tarts. How did you know?

Classic Crunchy Peanut Butter Cookies | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Your favorites this month were Classic Crunchy Peanut Butter Cookies, Cheese-Stuffed Meatloaf, and Transformer Chicken. I’m coming to your house for dinner.

But that’s all just stuff compared to getting to spend time with my baby. It’s my absolute favorite thing. There aren’t enough words to tell you how she fills my heart. I am so very proud of her. She’s a million times more amazing than I’ll ever be. We’ve already bought her tickets for coming to visit this summer. I’m holding my breath until then.

 

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